8 Reasons Why Malala Yousafzai Should Be Your Hero

8 Reasons Why Malala Yousafzai Should Be Your Hero

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."
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If you’ve never heard the name Malala Yousafzai, you are about to be blown away. Malala is an 18-year-old girl from Pakistan who is an advocate for education for girls. She is truly an incredible woman to whom I look up even though she is younger than me!

1. Malala rocks because she was shot in the head and survived.

When she was 15-years-old, she was on her way home from school and was shot in the head by the Taliban. The Taliban had issued a death threat for Malala when she was 14 because she was an advocate for girls' education. She was in a coma for more than a week and had to recover both physically and mentally. Just a few months after being shot in the head, she went back to attending school.

2. At just 11 years old, she created an anonymous blog for BBC.

She expressed her views on education and the Taliban taking over her valley. This blog is what got her on the Taliban’s radar.

3. On her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations in an inspiring speech.


4. She has written her own book.

I read Malala’s book right when it was released and I highly recommend you read it as well. We take education for granted in the United States, so it is truly incredible to read Malala’s story and hear about the hardships girls have to go through in other countries. She wrote this book when she was just 16 years old!

5. Malala is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

At 17 years old, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize for being an advocate for education for all.

6. She was one of 2013 TIME'S Top 100 Most Influential People.

7. On her 18th birthday, she opened a school.

On July 12, 2015, also called Malala Day, she opened a school for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. It was created to admit 200 girls, ages 14 to 18. "Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world's children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets," Yousafzai proclaimed in one of the school's classrooms.

8. She has her own documentary movie.

On Oct. 2, I will be waiting in line at the movie theater to see Malala’s documentary, “He Named Me Malala.” This documentary gives viewers an intimate look at Malala’s fight for education for all.

You should give Malala’s book a read because it truly puts things in perspective about how lucky we are to get an education. She is such an incredible woman, and I look up to her so much!

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." --Malala Yousafzai

"In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education ... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond." --Malala Yousafzai

"There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion." --Malala Yousafzai

"We must tell girls their voices are important." --Malala Yousafzai

"If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education." --Malala Yousafzai


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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